TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Revenge' & '666 Park Avenue' Down; 'The Mentalist' & 'The Good Wife' Hit Lows + 'Cleveland Show' Premieres Up

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October 8th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.3/13 3.2/8 2.6/7 2.3/6 1.0/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.6/14 2.4/7 3.0/9 1.9/6 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.685 12.682 5.390 7.362 2.728


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), & CBS/FOX (NFL Overrun) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On NBC, Sunday Night Football (Chargers/Saints)  from 8:30-11:00PM earned a 6.2 adults 18-49  rating, down from last week's 9.0 18-49 rating

On FOX,The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror special earned a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, down last week's 3.8 premiere rating. The premiere of The Cleveland Show earned a 2.2, up from last year's premiere, which earned a 1.8 rating. Bob's Burgers scored a 2.3 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 2.6. Family Guy earned a 3.4, up from last week's 3.3 rating. American Dad garnered a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, also up from last week's 2.5 rating.

On ABC, the season premiere of America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.5 adults 18-49, flat with last season's premiere. Once Upon A Time garnered a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, down six tenths from last week's 3.9 premiere rating. Most of your predictions were too optimistic.  Revenge earned a 2.6, also down six tenths from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue scored a 1.7, down half a ratings point from last week's 2.2 rating

On CBS, 60 Minutes earned a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 1.7 rating, but likely inflated due to the preceding overrun. The Amazing Race was even with last week's 2.5 rating. The Good Wife garnered a 1.7, down a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and the lowest fall telecast rating ever for the series. The Mentalist earned a series low 1.6 after last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 7, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS NFL Overrun 7.8 22 23.18
NBC Football night in America 2.1 6 6.47
FOX NFL Overrun/The Simpsons -R 2.0 6 4.64
ABC America's Funniest home Videos 1.5 4 6.48
7:30 PM NBC Football Night in America 4.0 11 10.26
FOX The Cleveland Show (Premiere) 2.2 6 4.43
CBS 60 Minutes (7:30-8:30) 3.8 11 16.07
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 5.4 14 13.82
ABC Once Upon a Time 3.3 8 9.62
FOX The Simpsons 3.1 8 6.52
8:30 PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11) 6.2 15 15.79
CBS Amazing Race (8:30-9:30) 2.5 6 9.77
FOX Bob's Burgers 2.3 6 4.84
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 3.4 8 6.74
ABC Revenge 2.6 6 8.27
9:30 PM FOX American Dad 2.6 6 5.18
CBS The Good Wife (9:30-10:30) 1.7 4 8.95
10:00PM ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.7 4 5.08
10:30PM CBS The Mentalist (10:30-11p) 1.6 4 8.70

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



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  • Dean-W

    The Good Wife or The Mentalist cancelation can save CSI: NY ? Seriously The Mentalist will be Renewed but hope The Good Wife will bite the dust in May.

  • frodo

    F The Walking Dead, that must be the stupid show currently on air. So many people watching that show especially after season 2 which was just horrible says a lot about the state of the american viewer.

    I understand Mad Men, Dexter or Homeland those are or were at one point amazing!

    Once Upon a Time is great as a family show. Revenge I love even if it has some way over the top moments, it really delivers and must be one of the best shows on network TV by a mile.

    Scandal is just mediocre, Shonda Rhimes has delivered a turkey, I am really surprised how that made it to season 2, oh wait, ABC executives owe Rhimes for Grey’s Anatomy so they let her other mediocre works coast with below average ratings.

  • ShawnM

    Ultima wrote: “If The Mentalist isn’t capable of standing on its own, then what purpose does it serve by staying on CBS’ schedule?”

    The purpose of drawing ratings and making money, of course. CBS is arguably wasting the show’s potential in a challenging time slot, leading out of the worst-rated drama on the network (not counting Fridays).

    The football delays obviously hurt the line-up big time this week, the later show the worse. Judging from last year’s ratings and last week’s number, there’s no reason why TM should have lost more than 2 million viewers within a week and more than 4 million viewers within 5 months.

    If in their respective time slots, TM would probably do better than Vegas, CSI: NY, BB, H5O or Elementary, not to mention MIJ or TGW. The demise we’re witnessing right now is based on CBS giving less appealing shows better time slots. Hell, I’d even argue that CSI: Miami would still do better than many of the aforementioned shows.

    TM could easily serve a purpose on Tuesdays and do better than Vegas or Unforgettable. How about Fridays at 9? Or at 8? Would anyone expect a new show to do better than an established drama in those time slots? That’s the gamble CBS would take if it cancelled another proven drama. Looking at CBS’ recent track record (Unforgettable, Vegas, MIJ, AGM), it wouldn’t be a smart gamble.

    Considering the Elementary drop off in its second week and based on last year’s TM numbers, I’m not quite sure how you can draw the conclusion that Elementary’s doing better “than The Mentalist would have been expected to do.” The available and comparable numbers hardly reflect such an interpretation.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    666 Park Avenue? Sorry John Locke, Ben Linus beats you again. Wont last as long as Person of Interest.

  • Douglas from Brazil


    Are you seriously suggesting that CBS should have put two new dramas on Sunday night?

    I’m suggesting put 2 more reality shows on sunday night!

  • Ultima

    I’m suggesting put 2 more reality shows on sunday night!

    We’re still talking about the network that has launched one successful reality series in the past decade, right?

  • Ultima

    Considering the Elementary drop off in its second week and based on last year’s TM numbers, I’m not quite sure how you can draw the conclusion that Elementary’s doing better “than The Mentalist would have been expected to do.” The available and comparable numbers hardly reflect such an interpretation.

    Last season, the first two week’s of The Mentalist had a 2.8 and 2.6. The Mentalist has had at least a 10% year-to-year drop every season. Therefore, the expecting ratings for it this season should be no greater than 2.5 and 2.3.

    For Elementary, you cannot make any assumption about how Elementary will perform going forward. It could continue to drop, or 2.5 could be the average it has every week the rest of the fall (last season, PoI had a 0.4 week 1 to week 2 drop, then held the week 2 average all fall).

    The Mentalist is likely to be doing worse than a 10% drop though (it premiered to a 2.1, on a new night, but without football delays, last week).

    Thus, until Elementary actually falls again, it is doing better than The Mentalist could be expected to do.

  • LisaNeedsBraces


    The Mentalist has had at least a 10% year-to-year drop every season.

    Season 1 to 2: 13%
    Season 2 to 3: 1%
    Season 3 to 4: 5%

    There’s no reason to expect that if TM had stayed on Thursdays it would have a “10% drop.” The most it dropped was season 1 to 2 and that’s pretty much because season one did such surprisingly great numbers (ranked #6 of all shows). And I doubt CBS was that disappointed that TM averaged 15 million in its second season and was the #10 show, instead of the 17 million average in its first.

  • Holly


    I think you and Ultima are talking about two different things. I’m guessing your numbers refer to total viewers. Ultima is invariably talking about the 18-49 demo.

    Season 1-2: -10%
    Season 2-3: -14%
    Season 3-4: -10%

  • Fred

    My prediction is that heavily promoted Nashville will move to Sunday at 9:00 midseason. Followed by Last Resort (or a new drama) at 10:00. Revenge will be go back to Wednesday at 10;00.

  • aciel

    hey people whatever that TROLL MAX says revenge will be renewed no matter what lets just ignore hime in the upcoming weeks because all he wants is attention. i don’t know what any of us revenge fans did to upset him, we should really report him and have him banned from this website last season hes been doing it for 6 weeks constantly in a row. i’m pretty sure that a lot of people want him of this website. but hey he really has nothing better to do than go trolling about shows. i already filed a complaint against him. wow just because his little shonda rhimes show doesn’t get promoted enough. wow! and when is going to understand that promoting a show doesn’t bring in ratings. it really depends on the shows lead in. he should look at the amount of youtube views and likes that revenge and scandal get. and apparently revenge has more views and likes.

    so @MAX
    i’m asking to please stop coming hear bashing the show revenge if ur not going to stop then STAY OF THIS WEBSITE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NE1

    Simpsons hit the nail on the head with the Halloween ep about the particle collider and the mini black hole.. That stuff scares the hell out of me. I hope the message got through.


    REVENGE is a great show. Very good writing. Really wasnt happy with the move, but it is still winning its slot against the awful “The Good Wife”….Revenge seems safe, Scandal should be worried.

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